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    Differential Equation Question

    What is the difference between finding the difference equation, finding the general solution, and finding the particular solution?

    My take on finding the particular solution, its a particular solution if you given an initial condition such as y=2 when x=-3... am I right?
    The general solution is when you find y but still don't know what C is... am I right?
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    Re: Differential Equation Question

    Basically, yes. The "general solution" is a function that, for different values of the 'undetermined coefficients' gives all solutions to the equation. A "particular solution" is one of those.
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